posted May 09, 2017

Law School Admission Council (LSAC) names Dean Kellye Testy president and CEO

Kellye Y. Testy, Toni Rembe Dean of the University of Washington School of Law, has been named the new president and CEO of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

Testy brings substantial experience as a law school dean and business leader to her new post, along with effective partnerships with legal education organizations, including the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).  She served as AALS President in 2016.

“I am honored to assume the role of President and CEO of LSAC, an organization whose sole mission is to serve law schools, law students and legal education,” Testy said.

LSAC Board of Trustees Chair Susan L. Krinsky announced the appointment: “Dean Testy’s enthusiasm for LSAC’s mission is clear, and her commitment to diversity and access to legal education is inspiring. We believe Dean Testy’s experience and commitment are perfectly suited to her new role. Her leadership in pursuit of quality legal education will allow LSAC to reach even greater heights of success in serving our member schools and their students.”

“For the rule of law to flourish, we need outstanding lawyers and that, in turn, means that the quality of legal education is paramount,” said Testy. “LSAC has long been a leader in encouraging and assisting law schools in admitting diverse classes capable of success.”

Dean Testy has led UW Law for eight years, hiring a new generation of outstanding faculty, significantly expanding philanthropic resources, advancing equity and inclusion and heightening the school’s stature and visibility. National Jurist magazine recently named her the second-most influential person in legal education. A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Testy received both her undergraduate and law degrees at Indiana University. She graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, and then clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit before joining the academy. A beloved teacher and expert in corporate law and governance, Testy has published extensively in those fields, as well as in several others.

Testy will officially step down as dean of UW School of Law on July 1, when Anita Krug will assume the position of Interim Toni Rembe Dean.